Monday, August 18, 2014

S'more More More

Last weekend we took Vander camping for the first time! It was so much fun and Vander absolutely loved it. Our little munchkin is a nature boy for sure.

Grandma and grandpa (Dylan's parents) made it super easy for mom and dad too :) We joined them up by Grand Lake and they found this excellent camping spot in a good patch of trees right by the lake. It was beautiful. Their friends that live in Grand Lake part of the year let us use their camper, which they completely set up and took down for us before and after we were there. Grandma brought and made all the food for us and the whole thing was such a breeze. I will have to remember that will not be the case next time we go camping!

Vander loved the fact that there were no walls and we hung out and followed him around pretty much wherever he wanted to go.

We went into the water a little bit.

He had a little tin cup that he played with all evening that he could fill up with rocks or dig with or just hang on to.

He tried his first s'more, which he loved. This kid already has a sweet tooth! Parents of the year over here for sure.

Mostly he ate and snacked the entire time. I didn't feel too guilty since he was running around the whole time as well, but I have never heard and seen the sign language sign for "more" so many times. Talk about welcome to toddlerhood! And Vander's little face is so serious and pathetic when he says and signs for more, you just can't say no to him. Of course he usually has a specific snack in mind so he will shake his head no until you offer the right one.

Vander slept decently well, he woke up a couple times, but we couldn't maneuver around the pack n playing the camper very well so we bumped him when we each came to bed. You would have thought he would be more tired from the running around, but he was totally energized by the outdoors.

I had heard before that toddlers are impervious to the cold, but I was freezing and Vander was totally fine in the morning! We still put his super cute hoodie on top of his fleece pajamas. He literally ran around growling. So stinking cute!

Then we got him dressed and were able to put on his superman shirt from grandma since it was cool enough to put on long sleeves.

After we packed our stuff back up we headed into town for some brunch and then headed back home to enjoy the last bit of our weekend.

It was a great little trip and it was so nice to spend time with Dylan's parents. We will definitely be camping again soon! Once Vander can talk I am sure he will demand it every weekend.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Little and Big Munchkin

Vander and I stopped at the park on our way home from dinner last night (Dylan went home so he could do the last stair rail for the deck! More on the deck soon!). It has been so much fun visiting the park these last couple of months and seeing how Vander has changed.

We first went when Vander wasn't yet walking on his own, so we mostly went to go swing and walk him around a little bit.

Now he can get up the playsets himself, go down the slide himself and wander over to the sand play area. He still needs and appreciates my assistance most of the time and I don't trust him to not try to go over the edge. So I tend to be more or less right by his side.

Most of the time that makes sense for me to be right there, but when he was playing in the sand, I realized I didn't need to be hovering over him. He was doing just fine playing on his own and not taking things from the other kids and no other kids were bothering him, so I took a couple steps back and just watched him play.

While we let him roam around on his own a lot at home (on whatever level of the house we are on), I hadn't done that in public at all before.

He is getting so much steadier at walking and his borderline running, so that makes it easier to not have to be right next to him. He was doing well with stairs until he decided the last week and a half that he needs to walk up and down them up instead of crawl, so I am right there with him on those again.

It is just so crazy that he is getting to be such a bug kid already!

But, he is still such a little kid because he absolutely loves having me right there with him. The park was a little crazy last night so there were a lot of kids when I was sitting back watching Vander play. I saw how he would look over at me and give me the biggest grin, and most of the other kids, who were older, didn't even give half a thought about their parents because they were so involved in what they were doing and used to being at the park without mom and dad right next to them.

I am not looking forward to the day when Vander pushes me back to the edge of the playground so he can go play without me, but it will also be a good thing when it happens. While I love how dependent he is on me now, I know I will love him being independent some day too. I am looking forward to being independent too!

For now, I will enjoy all the little hugs, kisses and smiles I can get and hope they never stop coming!

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Very Vander Weekend

All of our weekends are full of fun activities with Vander, but I happened to take a lot more pictures this weekend!

We kind of helped daddy with the deck...
But decided eating apples off the tree would be more fun.
We played around in the playroom...
And tried on mommy's wedding veil...
Then we tested the stairs on the deck...
We had a play date at the park on Sunday...
Life is just so much fun with this little munchkin!
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